Military Response to Omicron and COVID-19: Federal Armed Forces and National Guard [Updated March 28, 2022] [open pdf - 948KB]
From the Document: "On November 26, 2021, the World Health Organization designated the Omicron mutation [hyperlink] of the SARS-CoV-2 [severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2] virus a 'variant of concern.' Since then, Omicron has become the dominant strain [hyperlink] of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States. After a case surge from December 2021 through mid-January 2022, COVID-19 cases in the United States have dropped, with hospitalizations and deaths following the same trend after a short delay. The deployment of military and National Guard personnel remains an issue for Congress given the role they both played in responding to the Omicron COVID-19 surge and the role that they might play in the event of a future surge of a new variant. [...] The U.S. Army North [hyperlink], U.S. Northern Command's Joint Force Land Component Command, manages the Department of Defense's COVID-19 response operation in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services. Since August 2021 [hyperlink], 'approximately 1,275 military medical personnel from the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy are continuing to work alongside civilian healthcare providers in civilian hospitals, helping treat COVID-19 patients in a total of 30 states and the Navajo Nation.'"
CRS Insight, IN11867
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